U2 cancel St Louis gig after peaceful protests turn violent

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U2's Saturday night concert at St. Louis' Dome at America's Center has been canceled due to the protests now taking place in the city following the acquittal of a police officer who shot and killed a black driver.

Activists say they will meet again Saturday to plan further protests after the acquittal of a white former St. Louis police officer in the fatal shooting of a black man.

"In light of this information, we can not in good conscience risk our fans' safety by proceeding with tonight's concert".

U2's website said the band had to pull out of its Saturday night show at The Dome at America's Center because "it is the only acceptable course of action in the current environment".

A spokesperson for the Messina Touring Group said the Scottrade Center gig was nixed after consulting with authorities in St. Louis.

The heavy police presence has meant too few officers were available to provide security for events, including Ed's concert tonight and another performance by U2 that was scheduled to take place last night.

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On Friday, former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley was found not guilty in the murder of Anthony Lamar Smith, leading to much unrest in St. Louis including downtown and in the Central West End. Two police officers were also struck with bricks.

With protests taxing local crowd security, the event was in competition for personnel to ensure the smooth handling of tens of thousands of concertgoers.

U2, seen performing during their "Joshua Tree Tour 2017" in East Rutherford, N.J., canceled a St. Louis, Mo., concert after a Friday protest left nine cops in the city injured.

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U2 was the first of three high-profile entertainment acts to cancel shows in St. Louis this weekend.

They did, however, promise that fans who purchased their tickets online would receive a refund on the credit cards they used to order them. Tickets purchased at the box office may get a refund there starting Monday, Sept. 18 at 10 a.m. Comedian Mike Birbiglia cancelled his show at The Pageant.

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